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Calling all Haas(Berkeley) EWMBA Applicants(2017 Intake) Class of 2020

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Do you want to apply to business school this year, but you don’t know where to start? When I applied to business school, I created a schedule for myself, working backwards from the deadline, so week by week and sometimes day by day, I knew what I should be working on, what was ahead, what was “due”. I’ve created an application timeline specifically for those of you applying for the first round deadline for Haas’ EWMBA program. Hope you find it helpful!

Round 1 Application Action Plan

June 11/12 and June 18/19 (Sat/Sun) -

Familiarize yourself with the GMAT and GRE.
Use some widely available free tools and resources like those found on gmatclub:

June 25/26 (Sat/Sun) -

Take a practice test--GMAT, GRE or both.
Either via the free software available via the links above or take the diagnostic test offered by a test prep company (Kaplan, Princeton Review).
Pick a test and register for a test date.
I suggest setting a test date for the first week of August.

Last week of June to Last week of July -

Prepare for the GMAT or GRE.
Buy a book, take a course, hire a tutor. Based on the results of your practice test, you’ll have an idea of how much you need to study. I suggest spending 10-15 hours per week on test prep.

First week of August -

Take the GMAT or GRE.
If you’re satisfied with your score, congratulations! Now start working on your application. If you think you can do better, make a plan to spend another month studying, schedule another test date, and get to it. Over the next few weeks, you will have to find a way to put in extra work so you can study for your next test, as well as start working on your application.

Second to fifth week of August -

Start working on your application, specifically your essays.
The online application may not be accessible, yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start working on your essays, because they don’t change significantly from year to year.

August 8 - 14: Brainstorm ideas and start writing about whatever comes naturally for any or all of the essay questions.

August 15 - 21: Complete at least a first draft of short answer essay 1.

August 22 - 28: Complete at least a first draft of short answer essay 2.

August 29 - September 4: Complete at least a first draft of your main essay.

First and second week of September -

Review your essays AND have a friend or family member read them, as well.

Ask your friends and family to point out grammatical and typographical errors, but more importantly get feedback on whether your essays are well written, make sense, tell a good story, tell your personal story, and present you not only accurately, but also in the best light possible.

Third and fourth week of September -

Revise your essays.
Armed with your friend and family feedback, take another crack at your essays. Once you have a second draft, ideally by the end of the third week of September, get more feedback and then hopefully finalize them, for now.
Order your transcripts.
Send one copy to yourself, so you can see what the admissions committee will be looking at, and send a copy to Haas. If you think you have some explaining to do, there is a space for that, so write a short essay (250 words) and have a friend or family member review that, as well.

October 1 -

Reach out to recommenders.

Don’t just send them an email. Sit down with them in person, if possible, or talk with them over the phone. You’ll want to make sure everyone’s on the same page and expectations are clear.

First and Second week of October -

Work on your resume.

Third and Fourth week of October -

Follow up with recommenders.
Fill out your online application.

You’re in the home stretch now!

November 5/6 (Sat/Sun), but sooner if possible -

Friend/family application review.

Have a friend or family member read/review your completed application and give you feedback. As with the essays, have them watch for not only typos and errors, but also content.

November 12/13 (Sat/Sun) -

Review application, one last time.

November 16 (Weds) -

Submit application.

November 19/20 (Sat/Sun) -

Prepare for your interview.

You may be invited to interview as soon as early December. Review the questions, develop and rehearse your answers. Read your application.

November 26/27 (Sat/Sun) -

Do a practice or mock interview.

So there you go! If you follow my guide you will already be ahead of so many applicants. Feel free to customize it. For example, if you think that you’re going to need more or less time for any given part of the process, make that adjustment. And don’t hesitate to ask me questions in the comments.

P.S. If you’re already “behind”, contact me so we can create a timeline that works for you, whether that means finding a way to get your application done in less time so you can still apply by the round 1 deadline or setting you up with a timeline so you can apply in round 2. There are lots of options and I’m happy to discuss yours with you.


This timeline is based on submitting your application by the Round 1 deadline. There’s no advantage to submitting your application early, so I worked backwards from the Round 1 deadline of November 16.

The first few weeks, you will spend 5-10 hours per week working on getting your test prep together. After that, you’ll see better results if you dedicate 10-15 hours per week to preparing your B-school application.

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Re: Calling all Haas(Berkeley) EWMBA Applicants(2017 Intake) Class of 2020 [#permalink]

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New post 05 Aug 2016, 16:39

The Haas EWMBA Round 1 deadline is just 3 months away.

Hopefully by this time you’ve taken the GMAT or GRE and are happy with your score. If not, I would suggest making that a priority, as it is a requirement for submitting your application, not to mention an important component of your application.

You may be weighing your options (ahem, procrastinating) regarding starting your application. Perhaps you’re thinking, do I really need to submit in round 1?

The answer is no, you don’t need to submit your application in round 1, but you may want to. Here are a few reasons why.

1. The sooner the apply the sooner you’ll know your decision (sort of).

You could be admitted, wait-listed or rejected.

If you’re admitted, you can apply for scholarships, and start making plans sooner (decisions come out in February).

If you’re waitlisted, you’ll have some idea of where you stand (i.e. not in the admitted camp) and can work on improving your application (retake the GMAT, take the GRE instead, demonstrate leadership at work or through community involvement).

If you are rejected, you can focus on applying to other schools or come up with your game plan for moving forward.

2. If your goal is to submit your application in round 1 and you miss it, you’ll slide to round 2, which is no big deal.

In fact, as you prepare your application for the round 1 deadline, you may realize that it’s not as strong as you’d like it to be, or you may realize it’s harder to find strong recommenders than you thought. By identifying your challenges or weaknesses early, you’ll have more time to develop successful strategies to overcome them.

To borrow a line from a Fidelity billboard I saw, No one ever says I wish I’d started later.

-Bayview Advising

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